Get Started Creating SAP Enterprise Portal iViews with Visual Composer — a Purely Model-Driven, Code-Free Development Approach

  • by Karl Kessler, Product Manager, SAP AG
  • November 15, 2005
In the past, creating iViews with customized user interfaces meant developing custom applications in ABAP, Java, or C#. Not anymore — SAP NetWeaver ’04 introduces Visual Composer, a graphical development environment for creating and maintaining iViews. iViews are built in a simple and flexible drag-and-drop fashion where the code is automatically generated, freeing developers to focus on more complex requirements. This article, the first in a two-part series, explores the Visual Composer architecture, its installation requirements, and its programming model, and shows you how to build an example iView. The second installment shows you how to enhance your iViews by incorporating some advanced features.

Karl Kessler

Karl Kessler studied computer science at the Technical University in Munich, Germany. He joined SAP in 1992. In 1994, Karl became a member of the ABAP Workbench product management group, and in 1996, he became product manager for business programming languages and frameworks. In 2003, Karl assumed responsibility for product management of the SAP NetWeaver platform, including SAP Web Application Server, SAP NetWeaver Developer Studio, SAP Enterprise Portal, Web services, J2EE, and ABAP.

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